The almost 500-year-old firearms manufacturer, Beretta, is considering leaving the state of Maryland because of unfriendly gun laws that advanced in the Maryland General Assembly last week.
According to the Washington Post, Beretta has invested more than $1 million in the production of a civilian version of a machine gun designed for special operations forces and has already made plans to expand its plant in Maryland to ramp up production. But with the new gun laws making their way through the legislative process, the expansion is in jeopardy.
But under an assault-weapons ban that advanced late last week in the Maryland General Assembly, experts say the gun would be illegal in the state where it is produced.
Now Beretta is weighing whether the rifle line, and perhaps the company itself, should stay in a place increasingly hostile toward its products. Its iconic 9mm pistol — carried by every U.S. soldier and scores of police departments — would also be banned with its high capacity, 13-bullet magazine.
“Why expand in a place where the people who built the gun couldn’t buy it?” said Jeffrey Reh, general counsel for Beretta.
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